South Indian cinema produces some of the greatest thriller films in the country. South India is known for its language diversity. Therefore, it’s not correct to club all the South Indian language films together although these movies do share in common certain stylistic features.

These kinds of movies have out-of-the-ordinary plot lines and unforgettable characters. This is expressed beautifully when it comes to genres like that of thrillers. In fact, some of these plot lines are so impressive, they are repeated by Bollywood later. Below are some of the best South Indian thrillers are just fantastic to watch.

1) Ratasan

Released in 2018, Ratasan is a Tamil-language psychological crime thriller film. It is directed by Ram Kumar. The film stars Vishnu Vishal and Amala Paul. The film follows the story of Arun who gives up his goal of being a filmmaker after his father’s death. He instead becomes a police officer. He hunts down a psychotic killer who preys on school girls.

2) Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya

Released in 2019, Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya is a Telugu-language comedy-thriller film. It’s written and directed by Swaroop RSJ. The film features Naveen Polishetty along with Shruti Sharma, Sandeep Raj, and Suhas. It’s based on a Nellore based detective, Sai Sreenivas. He gets into trouble when he investigates the case of a mysterious, unidentified body that was found near a railway track. The movie gets interesting as the investigation goes on further.

3) Kaithi

Released in 2019, Kaithi is a Tamil-language action-thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. It stars Karthi, Arjun Das, Deepthi, Amzath Khan, and Narain in the lead roles. The films show how ex-convict endeavors to see his daughter for the first time. However, inspector Bejoy doesn’t allow that to happen and interrupts all his attempts. The film is inspired by the 1976 American film Assault on Precinct 13.

4) Kavaludaari

Kavaludaari is a Kannada-language crime-thriller film. It’s written and directed by Hemanth Rao. The film features Rishi, Anant Nag, Achyuth Kumar, Suman Ranganathan, and Roshni Prakash in the lead roles. In this thriller, a traffic constable and a retired police officer, together solve a mysterious case where they find three skulls near a construction site. 

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